The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
A War Story (Movie Tie-in) (Movie Tie-in Editions)

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...better at describing the Zabinski's animals and pets than she is in describing the Zabinski's human charges...Balbina the half wild house cat, and Wicek the bully of a rabbit are much more real than the human characters who wander in and out of the book.
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The movie The Zookeeper’s Wife, based on the New York Times bestselling book, opens March 2017.


1939: the Germans have invaded Poland. The keepers of the Warsaw zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, survive the bombardment of the city, only to see the occupiers ruthlessly kill many of their animals. The Nazis then carry off the prized specimens to Berlin for their program to create the “purest” breeds, much as they saw themselves as the purest human race. Opposed to all the Nazis represented, the Zabinskis risked their lives by hiding Jews in the now-empty animal cages, saving as many as three hundred people from extermination. Acclaimed, best-selling author Diane Ackerman, fascinated both by the Zabinskis’ courage and by Antonina’s incredible sensitivity to all living beings, tells a moving and dramatic story of the power of empathy and the strength of love.


A Focus Features release, it is directed by Niki Caro, written by Angela Workman.

 

About Diane Ackerman

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Diane Ackerman is the best-selling author of The Zookeeper's Wife, A Natural History of the Senses, and many other books.
 
Published February 7, 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company. 384 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by David A. Schwinghammer on Aug 13 2013

...better at describing the Zabinski's animals and pets than she is in describing the Zabinski's human charges...Balbina the half wild house cat, and Wicek the bully of a rabbit are much more real than the human characters who wander in and out of the book.

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Reviewed by Mary K. on Jan 23 2008

Ackerman has clearly done her research, using Antonina's diaries and other records, including interviews of survivors. She is a lyrical and articulate writer...

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